The Bollywood film industry actually seems like an exotic topic of discussion, but there are several stories that remain behind the screen and never get disclosed. Casting couch is something which is akin to Bollywood and it is a topic of conversation for more than the last few decades.
Here’s what Casting couch exactly means:
The casting couch refers to a mentality in which directors and filmmakers take undue advantage and favor from aspiring film actors or actresses. The youngsters are provided with the filmy option in exchanged of sexual favors.
Many newcomers have to go through the mental and physical torment of casting couch in their lives as well as in their career. Of late, celebrities started speaking of the issue and getting open about the it, which actually throws light on the dark side of Bollywood.
Here we list 15 Bollywood celebrities who have faced casting couch in their career:
1. Surveen Chawla
The beautiful actress started her career in the Bollywood with her bold style in the movie “Hate Story 2” in 2014. She admitted the truth here by saying that she faced the casting couch in the southern film industry but she never gave up and continued her hard work.
2. Kalki Koechlin
She is among the few celebrities who have been vocal about the presence of casting couch. Kalki simply rejected the offers when she was asked to compromise for that.
3. Ayushmann Khurrana
Before establishing himself as an actor, Ayushmann Khurrana indeed was a well-known anchor of the small screen. It was during his struggling days some of the casting directors asked him to deliver sexual favors which he simply refused. Mr. Khurana also stated to media that casting couch is a reality of the tinsel town.
4. Kangana Ranaut
The actress has known for her powerful screen presence revealed that once she was approached for the gratification of sexual pleasure which she declined.
5. Ranveer Singh
Bollywood’s handsome hunk has once opened up about the issue that how he was about to became a victim of casting couch but he always considers his talent to be the superior so he never ever compromised on such things.
6. Tisca Chopra
Tisca Chopra herself revealed to media that how she was once approached for something like this but instead of compromising on such stuff she never put her dignity down.
7. Rakhi Sawant
The item girl of the Bollywood stated, “Girls in the industry have been exploited since the beginning, but now even the men in the industry are facing this. It is sad that we have to live in this kalyug.
8. Maushmi Udeshi
The actress candid about her experiences in B-town: “Unless you are born with a silver spoon in your mouth and belong to one of those powerful star families which have a great influence on Bollywood, people tend to take you for granted”.
9. Preeti Jain
The infamous casting couch scandal in Bollywood is the Preeti Jain’s case which created massive controversy by putting allegations on the famous director Madhur Bhandarkar. The case was finally closed in 2012 when the Supreme Court acquitted Bhandarkar from the case.
10. Sameera Reddy
Revealing about casting couch the prominent actress said, “It takes two hands to clap. Nobody is a victim. We are all just players”.
11. Priyanshu Chatterjee
The Tum Bin actor disclosed, “I was asked for a sexual favour by this man who promised me a film in return. But I didn’t believe him, and was right in doing so since the film wasn’t made”.
12. Mamta Kulkarni
The beautiful actress Mamta Kulkarni hurled Rajkumar Santoshi with casting couch allegations during the shooting of China Gate.
13. Suchitra Krishnamurthy
The “Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa” actress also openly spoke about casting couch incident and said that some of the incidents never get light because of the lack of evidence.
14. Sambhavna Seth
The Bhojpuri actress also revealed that whether male or female nobody is spared here from the issue of the casting couch regarding Bollywood and film industry.
15. Payal Rohatgi
Payal Rohatgi also accused movie director Dibaker Banerjee by stating that once he offered her to be part of the movie by delivering him some pleasure but Payal simply refused the offer.
Casting couch was always a part of the film industry and it’s very much prevalent even today!